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Catalytic converters stolen in Kedington and Beccles, with one man assaulted as he tried to stop the thieves




A group of thieves who stole a catalytic converter from a car in Kedington threw a substance, possibly bleach, into the face of a man who tried to stop them, before attempting to run him over.

The theft of the converter was one of three that took place in Suffolk on Tuesday. The other two were in Beccles.

The incident in Kedington, near Haverhill, took place at about 11.55pm in School Road.

Police have warned over catalytic converter thefts after three incidents in Suffolk last Tuesday
Police have warned over catalytic converter thefts after three incidents in Suffolk last Tuesday

A police spokeswoman said: "Four males were seen removing a catalytic converter from a Honda CRV, parked on the road, before getting into their vehicle – believed to be a dark-coloured Audi A3.

"The offenders were challenged by a member of public, a man aged in his 50s, who attempted to stop them, but the front passenger opened his window and threw an unknown liquid in the man’s face causing reddening to his eye and blurred vision.

"The suspects then reversed towards the man before driving away.

A catalytic converter was removed from a car in School Road, Kedington
A catalytic converter was removed from a car in School Road, Kedington

"The man was taken to hospital for treatment but his injuries were not serious and he has since been discharged."

Witnesses, or anyone with information, are urged to contact Suffolk Police on 101, quoting reference 31923/21.

Earlier on Tuesday in Beccles, at some point between 9.45am and 11.45am, a Suzuki Jimny had its cat converter stolen whilst parked at the Tesco carpark in George Westwood Way (reference 31967/21).

Another theft of a cat converter from a Toyota Avensis was reported to have taken place between 10.45am and 1pm whilst parked at the Beccles Tennis Club in Common Lane (reference 31958/21).

Officers are continuing their investigations and are exploring links between the incidents reported.

Members of the public are urged not to approach offenders if they see a theft in progress, for their own safety, but to instead call police on 999.

Witnesses or anyone with any information about these incidents, or who saw any suspicious vehicles at the times stated, should contact Suffolk Police

Owners of vehicles can follow these tips:

- Keep private vehicles in a well-secured garage where possible, and if no garage is available, in a well-lit public area.

- Park vehicles in such a way as to make access to the catalytic converter difficult or parallel with another vehicle if you own one.

- Keep commercial vehicles in a locked building or compound.

- If possible, use alarms, lighting and CCTV to deter thieves.

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